Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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scrabblenut's Life List

  1. 1. stay married
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    121 people
  2. 2. Learn to play the piano
    8,219 people
  3. 3. fly in a hot air baloon
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    678 people
  4. 4. drink more water
    1 entry
    20,173 people
  5. 5. open a coffee shop
    357 people
  6. 6. travel europe by train
    53 people
  7. 7. write a book
    31,381 people
  8. 8. visit all 50 states
    9,057 people
  9. 9. meet drew brees
    3 people
  10. 10. change someone's life for the better
    1 cheer
    501 people
  11. 11. start scrapbooking
    186 people
  12. 12. do something kind for a stranger
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    2 people
  13. 13. go to cooking school
    91 people
  14. 14. travel the world
    1 cheer
    21,175 people
  15. 15. learn to scuba dive
    1 cheer
    2,697 people
  16. 16. learn to paint
    1,290 people
  17. 17. plant a garden
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    2,097 people
  18. 18. take dance lessons with my husband
    15 people
  19. 19. Make a quilt
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    1,241 people
  20. 20. Meet Alton Brown
    76 people

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How to read pride and prejudice
It took me
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teach my kids to read

As a homeschooling mom, I have had the great privilege of teaching two children to read already, and I’m working on the third. The experience of seeing them realize that they can read a word is unforgettable.

I recommend the Leap Frog Letter Factory and Word Factory videos to help them get started in a stress-free and fun way.

get a dog
worth doing...if you're prepared

In the first year your dog will try your patience, ruin your stuff, and make you cuss more than you can imagine. Make sure you know what you are getting into!!!

But if you survive the mischevious puppy days, your dog will love you unconditionally for the rest of his life.

Read this story about one of our puppy experiences –

be a mother
I didn't write this, but it is very true...

Before I was a Mom -
I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was a Mom -
I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom -
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Spit on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom -
I never held down a screaming child So that doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom -
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn’t stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom -
I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn’t know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn’t know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom -
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
The joy,
The love,
The heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much

before I was a Mom.

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